A Christmas Poem.
Toward the winter Solstice.
Although the roof is just a story high ,
it dizzies me a little to look down.
I lariat-twirl the cord of Christmas lights
and cast it to the weeping birches crown;
A dowel into which I’ve screwed a hook
Enables me to reach, lift, drape, and twine
the cord among the boughs so that bulbs
will accent the tree’s elegant design.
Friends, passing home from work, or shopping,
And call up commendations or critiques.
I make adjustments. Though a potpourri
of Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jews and Sikhs
We all are conscious of the time of year;
We all enjoy its colourful displays.
Some say that L.A. doesn’t suit the Yule,
But the UPS vans now like magi make
Their present laden rounds, while fallen leaves
are gaily resurrected in their wake;
The desert lifts a full moon from the east
And issues a dry Santa Ana breeze,
And valets at chic restaurants will soon
Be tending flocks of cars and SUVS.
And as the neighbourhoods sink into the dusk
The fan palms scattered all across the town stand
More calmly prominent, and this place seems
A vast oasis in the Holy land.
This house might be a caravansary,
The tree a kind of cordial fountainhead
of welcome, looped and decked with
And ceintures of green, yellow, blue, and red.
Some wonder if the star of Bethlehem
Occurred when Jupiter and Saturn crossed;
It’s comforting to look up from this roof
And feel that, while all changes, nothing’s lost,
To recollect that in antiquity
The Winter Solstice fell in Capricorn
And that, in the Orion Nebula,
From swirling gas, new stars are being born.
Timothy Steele was born in 1948 in Burlington, Vermont. He received a B.A. in English in 1970 from Stanford University, followed by a Ph.D. in English and American Literature in 1977 from Brandeis University. His first collection of poems, Uncertainties and Rest, published in 1979, attracted attention for it’s colloquial charm and it’s allegiance to meter and rhyme at a time when free verse was the predominant style. Steele has published three additional collections: Sapphics against Anger and Other Poems (1986), The Color Wheel (1994), and most recently, Toward the Winter Solstice (2006). The first two books were reprinted in a joint volume, Sapphics and Uncertainties: Poems 1970-1986 (1995). Poets.Org
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